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Works: 15,463 works in 35,882 publications in 36 languages and 402,196 library holdings
Genres: Utopian fiction  Biographies  Essays  Poetry  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Trials, litigation, etc  Dialogues (Literature)  Academic theses  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Other, Dedicatee, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Honoree, Creator, Lyricist, Contributor
Classifications: JC71, 184
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Most widely held works by Plato
The republic by Plato( Book )

1,284 editions published between 1551 and 2021 in 23 languages and held by 15,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dialogue attempting to apply Plato's principles of philosophy to political affairs. Covers his vision of an ideal state
Gorgias by Plato( )

351 editions published between 1541 and 2021 in 21 languages and held by 7,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gorgias is a vivid introduction to central problems of moral and political philosophy. In answer to an eloquent attack on morality as conspiration of the weak against the strong, Plato develops his own doctrine, insisting that the benefits of being moral always outweigh any benefits to be won from immorality. He applies his views to such questions as the errors of democracy, the role of the political expert in society, and the justification of punishment. In the notes to this translation, Professor Irwin discusses the historical and social context of the dialogue, expounds and criticizes the arguments, and tries above all to suggest the questions a modern reader ought to raise about Plato's doctrines
Phaedo by Plato( Book )

742 editions published between 1553 and 2021 in 20 languages and held by 6,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The notes also aim to provide the kind of help with Plato's Greek which is needed by comparative beginners in the language, but the commentary is intended for any student, classical scholar, or philosopher with an interest in the close reading of Plato
Protagoras by Plato( )

288 editions published between 1736 and 2021 in 15 languages and held by 6,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to its interest as one of Plato's most brilliant dramatic masterpieces, the Protagoras presents a vivid picture of the crisis of fifth-century Greek thought, in which traditional values and conceptions of humanity were subjected to criticism of the Sophists and to the far more radical criticism of Socrates. The dialogue deals with many themes which are central to the ethical theories which Plato developed under the influence of Socrates, notably, the nature of human excellence, the relation of knowledge to right conduct, and the place of pleasure in the good life. This revised edition includes a new preface and introduction, as well as numerous changes to the translation and commentary
The symposium by Plato( )

208 editions published between 1825 and 2021 in 10 languages and held by 5,934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this celebrated masterpiece Plato imagines a high-society dinner party in Athens in 416 B.C. at which the guests each deliver a short speech in praise of love
The dialogues of Plato by Plato( )

154 editions published between 1823 and 2021 in 6 languages and held by 5,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phaedrus by Plato( )

144 editions published between 1810 and 2021 in 7 languages and held by 5,433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
Theaetetus by Plato( )

286 editions published between 1577 and 2021 in 15 languages and held by 4,587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Theaetetus Plato made a pioneering contribution to one of the central problems of Western philosophy
Meno by Plato( )

234 editions published between 1535 and 2021 in 14 languages and held by 4,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Meno is one of the earlier Platonic dialogues, the so-called Socratic, which seek to define ethical terms, in this case virtue, and fail to find a satisfactory definition. -- Provided by publisher
The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of Plato by Plato( )

345 editions published between 1541 and 2021 in 13 languages and held by 4,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Allegory of the Cave by Plato from The Republic by Plato and translated by Benjamin Jowett. The Allegory of the Cave or Plato's Cave was presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work Republic to compare "the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature". It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The allegory is presented after the analogy of the sun and the analogy of the divided line. All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Books VII and VIII. Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners' reality. Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all for he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the manufactured reality that is the shadows seen by the prisoners. -- back cover
Philebus by Plato( )

127 editions published between 1770 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 3,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Socratic dialogue written in the 4th century BC by Plato. Besides Socrates (the main speaker) the other interlocutors are Philebus and Protarchus
Statesman by Plato( )

73 editions published between 1925 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 3,614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The introduction sets the argument in the context of the development of Plato's thought, and outlines the philosophical and historical background necessary for a full understanding of the text, particularly for a political theory readership
Timaeus by Plato( )

83 editions published between 1617 and 2021 in 6 languages and held by 3,550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald J. Zeyl's translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole
Cratylus by Plato( )

111 editions published between 1770 and 2021 in 14 languages and held by 3,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This eBook version of Cratylus presents the full text of this literary classic
Euthydemus by Plato( )

65 editions published between 1833 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English translation of Plato's dialogue of Socrates and two prominent Sophists, Euthydemus and Dionysodorus, and their conflicting philosophical views, of which Plato satirizes the logical fallacies of the Sophists
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( )

28 editions published between 1865 and 2016 in English and German and held by 2,782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work presents an illuminating new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and methodology." "Scolnicov shows that in the Parmenides Plato addresses the most serious challenge to his own philosophy: the monism of Parmenides and the Eleatics. In addition to providing a serious rebuttal to Parmenides, Plato here reformulates his own theory of forms and participation, arguments that are central to the whole of Platonic thought, and provides these concepts with a rigorous logical and philosophical foundation. In Scolnicov's analysis, the Parmenides emerges as an extension of ideas from Plato's middle dialogues and as an opening to the later dialogues." "This translation follows the Greek closely, and the commentary affords the Greekless reader a clear understanding of how Scolnicov's interpretation emerges from the text. This volume will provide a valuable introduction and framework for understanding a dialogue that continues to generate lively discussion today."--Jacket
The Republic of Plato by Plato( Book )

357 editions published between 1852 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's dialogue on government, one of the foundational works of Western philosophy, traces the success of a republic to the virtue of its leaders, and includes the famous allegory of the cave
The Symposium of Plato by Plato( )

57 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sophist by Plato( )

40 editions published between 1856 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 2,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This eBook version of Sophist presents the full text of this literary classic
Laches by Plato( )

62 editions published between 1736 and 2021 in 6 languages and held by 2,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This eBook version of Laches presents the full text of this literary classic
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